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Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack to speak about "The Beatles" Monday

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack
Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack, a prolific writer on movies and music, will share his Beatles scholarship on Monday, Jan. 27 at Penn State Hazleton. “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles” will take place at 7 p.m. in 115 Evelyn Graham Academic Building. The event is free and open to the public.

In this interactive multimedia presentation, Womack traces the Beatles’ songwriting practices, recording artistry and musicianship from its early, primitive recordings through the aesthetic heights of “Abbey Road” at the twilight of the band’s career. He illustrates the group’s artistic growth using a wide range of music and film clips.

Womack is a professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona and the 2013-14 Penn State Humanities Laureate. An honorary position established in 2008, the laureate is a full-time faculty member who spends half of one academic year traveling the state to promote the arts and humanities.

He is the author of three novels “John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel” (2010), which earned ForeWord Reviews’ Bronze Award for Literary Fiction; “The Restaurant at the End of the World” (2012), which earned a gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Fiction; and “Playing the Angel” (forthcoming). He also is the author or editor of numerous works of nonfiction, including “Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles” (2007) and “The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles” (2009), which was named as The Independent’s “Music Book of the Year.” His latest Beatles-oriented work, “The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four,” will be released in February 2014, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the group’s legendary appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Womack earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. He also studied Russian language and literature at the Moscow Institute of Communications.

For more information on this event, visit www.hn.psu.edu or contact the Office of Public Information at 570-450-3180.

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